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Archive for December, 2008

Situation map, Gaza crisis

From MESH Admin This map, released today by UNOSAT, presents reported attacks by Israel and Hamas from December 25 to 31, within and surrounding the Gaza Strip. “Damage locations have been taken exclusively from open media sources. Many recorded damage sites shown are approximate and may not represent all known incident locations.” Click on the [...]

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What went wrong in Iraq?

From Daniel Byman As the Iraq war moved from crisis to calamity in 2003 and 2004, it became clear to all observers that the occupation was deeply flawed. But what, exactly, was the problem? For many people, particularly in the academic world, the occupation was doomed because the invasion itself was illegitimate and ill-considered and [...]

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On Samuel Huntington

From Josef Joffe The author writes this appreciation of Samuel Huntington with some trepidation. When he first met Sam as a graduate student at Harvard in 1969, he gave up after two lectures in his course “Political Order in Changing Societies.” He was driven away by Sam’s halting, diffident delivery. Also, remember that “cool,” which [...]

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Tacit bargaining, Gaza-style

From Alan Dowty Operation Oferet Yetsukah (“Cast Lead,” on the model of “Cast Iron”) has reportedly been planned for months, in anticipation of the breakdown or non-renewal of the tahdi’a (“lull,” not “truce”) between Hamas and Israel. Drawing upon the lessons of the Lebanese fiasco of 2006 and the conclusions of the Winograd Commission, it [...]

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Gaza conflict, U.S. objectives

From Robert Satloff The Gaza conflict was born the day Hamas took control of the Strip; the clock started ticking the day the “calm” began six months ago. Unlike all of Israel’s other neighbors, save Hezbollah, Hamas is an existential adversary of Israel, not a competitor for some slice of territory or for the affection [...]

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Samuel P. Huntington, 1927-2008

From MESH Admin The underlying problem for the West is not Islamic fundamentalism. It is Islam, a different civilization whose people are convinced of the superiority of their culture and are obsessed with the inferiority of their power. The problem for Islam is not the CIA or the U.S. Department of Defense. It is the [...]

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From Steven A. Cook The events in Gaza over this weekend present a number of internal and external challenges for the Egyptian government, again raising questions about Cairo’s capacity to deal effectively with regional crises. Needless to say, the Israeli Air Force’s offensive against Hamas coming soon after Israel’s Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni rebuffed Egyptian [...]

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